Everyone who drives on the roads in the Commonwealth of Virginia has a duty to do so in a safe manner. While most drivers meet this duty, there are some who allow negligence or recklessness to creep in when they’re behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this can lead to crashes that cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Naturally, certain problems lead to car crashes more than others. If you’re hoping to avoid a wreck, it can definitely help to understand some of the most common causes of car wrecks:
Driver error: This includes accidents that are caused by speeding, fatigue, distractions, and impairment. The infuriating point that all of these have in common is that they could have been prevented if the driver had waited to drive until they’re fully prepared to take on this responsibility.
Road conditions: Inclement weather, including rain, snow, and fog can all cause visibility issues. Wet pavement can make it difficult for drivers to keep control of the vehicle, especially if drivers are going too fast for the conditions.
Mechanical issues: Brakes failing, tires blowing out and similar problems can all lead to serious car crashes. In some cases, an equipment defect might mean that the manufacturer should be held liable for the wreck. It can also create liability for employers if they put somebody in a defective vehicle.
If you’re injured in a wreck, remember that there may be various forms of compensation available to you. Working closely with your attorney can help you to discover what applies to your case and protect your interests. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Virginia is two years, but the sooner you get advice from an attorney, the better.